Mesa County Sheriff's office looking for victim advocates

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- The Mesa County Sheriff's office is looking for compassionate people to serve as victim advocates.

They’re looking to add around 10 people to their team which responds to traumatic incidents and supports those impacted.

"There's a lot of data that shows that people who have experienced a trauma, heal faster and more completely if they get immediate, on-scene advocacy,” Tracy Baker, victim services coordinator at the Mesa County Sheriff’s office, said.

Victim advocates are required to work at least three 12 hour shifts per month. You can work those shifts from wherever you need, but need to be willing to drop everything at a moment’s notice to get to a scene.

You also don’t need any kind of background in advocacy, the sheriff’s office says people from all different walks of life are advocates, and they will make sure you’re well trained before you start.

The goal is to provide support for those who are experiencing one of the worst days of their lives.

"I think it's very worthwhile and if it's something that you think you could help the community, and give back it would be a good opportunity,” David Morlan, a victim advocate, said.

For information on how to apply and some of the requirements, check out the link to the right of this article.